Thank you for all the information on your blog. I’ve read many of the posts, and have some remaining questions I hope you can advise us about.
First, some statistics on us:
Me (64): 5 feet 4 150 lbs (side sleeper, heavy sleeper, unless awakened by restless sleeper!).
My husband (62): 6 feet 2 in, 180 lbs (a restless sleeper, several athletic surgeries, shoulder pain).
We are both active runners/swimmers etc with lots of resulting muscle tiredness.
Current mattress: Sleep-N-Aire double sided, Queen. Not sure exactly how old, but at least 5 years old.
This mattress sits on a platform as part of a queen bed set.
Our main questions:
1. Do we need to get a new mattress considering the type and estimated age?
2. When we travel we always have a King sized bed and we love it, so if we buy a new mattress we are considering a King size. We like the king because they are always more comfortable, in part because they seem to deaden the effects of movements either because of the size or the type of mattress.
A King is a big investment that would require new bed linens, rejiggering our room and dressers to fit comfortably, and figuring out if we could get a King up the stairs in one piece. Is it obvious we’d probably do better with a King size, considering how tall my husband is (6 ft 2 in)? Or are we just being ridiculous and if the bed were more comfortable and less jiggly we’d be happy in a queen?
Once we make the decision if we need to buy a new mattress, and then decide between Queen and King, I think the rest of your blog has answered most of my questions, but I would call you to go over the possibilities.
Thanks very much for all the good information and in advance for your suggestions.
It seems like you already have a handle on the down side of going King size.
It shouldn’t be a problem getting the mattress upstairs.
The foundation comes in two pieces.
The king isn’t any longer than the queen.
The advantages are:
You can get a mattress with an individually pocketed coil unit, which will do a lot to keep you from feeling each other move in the bed.
Another major advantage is in having the room to position yourself in ways you can’t with a king.
I’m 65 with lots of aches and pains...mostly at the hip and shoulder.
We sleep in a king, normally, but have been in a queen for the last two months...with another month to go until we get into our next home...and our king size bed.
It’s an incredible advantage to have the extra space to angle myself as I need to, to relieve pressure in this spot and that spot on my body...space I don’t have in this queen.
If you’re staying with the queen, and all that’s wrong with your current mattress is that it’s too firm, then all you need is an EverEden 2" soft Talalay Latex Topper to make it more comfortable.
It will help, a little, with the motion transfer.
If the topper is what you’re getting, here’s the link to those:
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